MERCEDES MAKE IT THE FIFTH ONE-TWO IN SPAIN F1
Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas made it the fifth one-two for Mercedes this weekend at the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Spain.
Valtteri Bottas absolutely owned qualifying, taking pole from his teammate, Lewis Hamilton, in emphatic style. Raceday, however, was a different story as Hamilton blasted into the lead in the first corner, and that's where he stayed to the chequered flag, claiming his third Spanish Grand Prix in succession.
It was Hamilton's third win this season and, with Bottas following him over the line, Mercedes claimed their fifth one-two in a row.
Repeating the podium from 2018, Red Bull's Max Verstappen claimed third with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc fourth and fifth. Verstappen has managed to finish ahead of at least one Ferrari in each race of this season so far.
Pierre Gasly, in his Red Bull, finished in sixth with Kevin Magnussen taking a deserved seventh after a late-race Safety Car bunched the cars together. The safety car was sent out after McLaren's Lando Norris and Racing Point's Lance Stroll collided in the first corner series after duelling down the main straight, causing both to retire from the race and the stewards planning to investigate the incident after the race.
The eighth and ninth positions went to the McLaren of Carlos Sainz and the Toro Rosso of Daniil Kvyat respectively after they reeled in Romain Grosjean took his Haas home in tenth, claiming his first point and the teams first double points finish of the year. Sainz has scored points at every Spanish Grand Prix of his career.
After the race, Hamilton said, “Firstly I just have to put it down to this incredible team, this is history in the making to have five one-twos, so very, very proud to be a part of that and everyone’s hard work at the track and everyone back at the factory.
“It’s definitely been a bit of a hard first four races, naturally it’s a great car but we don’t always get along, so I’m grateful that in the race, we managed to settle our differences and get away well. Long, long run down to Turn 1, so I’m grateful for it and really happy for the whole team.”
Check out the highlights here.
FORMULA 1 EMIRATES GRAN PREMIO DE ESPAÑA 2019
POSITION – DRIVER – TEAM – TIME – POINTS
1 – Lewis Hamilton – MERCEDES – 1:35:50.443 – 26
2 – Valtteri Bottas – MERCEDES – 18
3 – Max Verstappen – RED BULL RACING HONDA – 15
4 – Sebastian Vettel – FERRARI – 12
5 – Charles Leclerc – FERRARI – 10
6 – Pierre Gasly – RED BULL RACING HONDA – 8
7 – Kevin Magnussen – HAAS FERRARI – 6
8 – Carlos Sainz – MCLAREN RENAULT – 4
9 – Daniil Kvyat – SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO HONDA – 2
10 – Romain Grosjean – HAAS FERRARI – 1
11 – Alexander Albon – SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO HONDA – 0
12 – Daniel Ricciardo – RENAULT – 0
13 – Nico Hulkenberg – RENAULT – 0
14 – Kimi Räikkönen – ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI – 0
15 – Sergio Perez – RACING POINT BWT MERCEDES – 0
16 – Antonio Giovinazzi – ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI – 0
17 – George Russell – WILLIAMS MERCEDES – 0
18 – Robert Kubica – WILLIAMS MERCEDES – 0
NC – Lance Stroll – RACING POINT BWT MERCEDES – DNF
NC – Lando Norris – MCLAREN RENAULT – DNF
The next race on the cards is the legendary Monaco Grand Prix on the narrow streets of Monte Carlo on the 26th of May.